Luxury resorts' role in recovery
HERE in Tasmania over the past 10 years or so, I have heard and read there are luxury five-star resorts scattered around our beautiful state. Apparently, these resorts have amazing facilities, views and food.
Could this be fact or fiction?
How would the average Tasmanian family ever find out if these resorts actually exist? Sadly they will never know. The reason?
These resorts never ever intended for the common Tasmanian to enjoy as their contempt and greediness for the overseas market make it impossible for Tasmanians ever to afford a stay in so-called luxury.
I call on these resorts to show hospitality to Tasmanians and offer stays to get the economy running again, with realistic prices.
Or am I dreaming?
Carolyn Scott, Invermay.
Attempt to erode civil liberties
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has proposed to introduce an Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) bill into federal parliament, which will increase the power of the domestic spy agency.
The bill includes reducing the age a terror suspect can be questioned from 16 years to 14 years old.
The former Queensland policeman also proposes to grant ASIO the right to install "non-intrusive" tracking devices, for instance, in a person's car or bag, without seeking a warrant from the Attorney General, but to authorise the proposed activity within the spy organisation itself.
It seems a reminiscent Mr Dutton is longing for a former Joh Bjelke-Peterson style government, where civil liberties are continually being eroded at the expense of personal freedom.
Kenneth Gregson, Swansea.
What is the value of life?
GREAT article in (The Examiner, May 14) on 'What is a Life Worth'.
The value one places on life depend on your beliefs. If you believe in God and the purpose of life through Jesus Christ, then you will think that every life is precious and priceless. A question asked was who should determine our lives' value?
Politicians face very hard choices.
As society moves further away from God's Word and His ways set down thousands of years ago, and proved to work very well, we see a decline in the value placed on human life. This is evident with up to 100,000 abortions in Australia every year, and the push for euthanasia laws (under the guise of relieving suffering), the very core of life is being attacked. Life begins at conception and should end with natural death.
Maureen Shadbolt, Longford.
Sex therapy has no place in NDIS
I GET the NDIS myself, and I'd never dream of asking for a sex worker, and that part of my life is non-existent.
They are calling it a sex therapist but to be honest, its a prostitute. Why should people use their taxes to pay for someone through the NDIS to hire a prostitute?
It's so wrong on every level and the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. If it gets approved, everyone will be applying for the NDIS. Sex is not necessary in life; you can go without it and live a healthy, happy life. So leave the NDIS for essential services rather than the services of pleasure.
Debbie Hancock, Mowbray.
Support for rational development
I MOVED from Sydney to Tasmania a few years ago, after purchasing 3 Willows Vineyard, and I remain encouraged and excited by the opportunities this state offers.
Having managed both the extensive built and natural environment portfolio's for one of the NSW largest councils, I have experience and respect for the balance between environment and peripheral historical/heritage elements. However, often the greater good must be a major determinant in decision making. Business development in Launceston must be afforded every opportunity to flourish so to benefit the wider good.
Having just launched a Property and Projects consultancy in Launceston and recently turned soil on a townhouse development in the CBD, I am personally invested in this space, and the benefits it brings to the economy. Let's not stand in the way of well-rationalised development. If this is in the form of hotel development, approved through a strict legislative process, then let's rejoice at the benefits it will bring.
Peter Stokes, Launceston.
A better cause than hotel appeal
I READ with interest in (The Examiner, May 30) an article concerning a proposed challenge to the Launceston City Council's decision to approve the development of a "high rise hotel". I note Jim Collier, a spokesperson for the group opposing the development saying that they need to raise $15,000 to enable the engagement of an expert witness to form part of their appeal.
Well right now, the Rotary Club of West Tamar is endeavouring to raise a similar amount to make available to Guide Dogs Tasmania sufficient funds to have a trained dog provided to a sight-impaired person.
If any generous people are willing to support this project, I would suggest that it is far more beneficial to our community rather than assisting in the stopping of much-needed development in Launceston.
Barry Easther, Grindelwald.
Jim Collier and his band of naysayers (The Examiner, May 30) are at it again. The comments from Mark Baker and Brian Wightman are spot on, Launceston needs development like this to provide ongoing employment, especially for our young people. But because this unelected group of community guardians don't like the proposal, they will stop at nothing to prevent it. Well, I like the plan as I expect many people that actually live in Launceston do. I think this group should change its name to SAG (Self Appointed Guardians) or more appropriately WOE (We oppose everything).